Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 36 - 36/18/5/1-watt 1x12" Tube Combo

36/18/5/1-watt 3-channel All-tube 1x12" Guitar Combo Amplifier with Reverb, Effects Loop, MIDI Switching, Built-in Red Box DI, and Power Soak
Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 36 - 36/18/5/1-watt 1x12
Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 36 - 36/18/5/1-watt 1x12
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Toneful Tube Amp with a Built-in Power Soak

Discover a new level of amp control with the Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 36 Combo 3-channel guitar amplifier. Far from a one-trick pony, the TubeMeister 36 Combo offers on-the-fly flexibility rarely seen in an all-tube amp. Dial in your perfect sound for each channel by choosing between 36 watts, 18 watts, 5 watts, 1 watt, or speaker off mode. Did we mention you can choose instantly via MIDI switching? Very cool. Add reverb, an effects loop, and a Tube Safety Control and you're ready for any gig. Grab the Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 36 Combo guitar amp and start rocking out today!

Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 36 Tube Combo Guitar Amplifier at a Glance:
  • Rich, all-tube tone that's perfect for any gig
  • Take complete control of the TubeMeister 36 via footswitch
  • Killer DI tone right from your amp
Rich, all-tube tone that's perfect for any gig

A quartet of EL84 power tubes deliver everything from glassy cleans to volcanic-eruption lead tones in the Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 36 Combo. With three channels at your disposal you only need one amp onstage. Variable power output makes the TubeMeister 36 perfect for live, studio, or playing at home. You can set the power section to push 36 watts, 18 watts, 5 watts, 1 watt, or even no speaker. Besides making this amp perfect for pretty much every situation, you can set each channel's power output. It's like having three separate amps in one. Call your Sweetwater Sales Engineer to find out more about the incredibly flexible Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 36 Combo amplifier.

Take complete control of the TubeMeister 36 via footswitch

A tube amp with MIDI built in? Yep. The Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 36 Combo's MIDI switching controls it's powerful power soak. With the optional FSM 432 MK II MIDI footswitch, you can switch channels and power outputs instantly. Run the clean channel at 36 watts for a full, clean sound, the crunch channel at 5 watts with the master dimed to get that great power tube overdrive, and the lead channel at 18 watts for some powerful, high-gain mayhem. Another cool feature of the TubeMeister 36 Combo is the TSC (Tube Safety Control). This amp-saving device constantly monitors your power tubes and adjusts the bias so you get the best sound possible. It also takes failing power tubes out of the circuit to protect your your amp and lets you see the status of your tubes at a glance. The Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 36 Combo guitar amp is a guitarist's best friend.

Killer DI tone right from your amp

The Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 36 Combo amp features the Redbox DI, making it ideal for silent recording or sending to a live mixer. The Redbox DI authentically emulates a miked 4 x 12" cabinet via a balanced line signal. Combine this with the TubeMeister's speaker off mode and you have the perfect studio tool any time of the day or night. Or add the DI to a miked cabinet track for larger-than-life sound. Onstage or in the studio, the Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 36 Combo amplifier delivers the tones you want and need.

Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 36 Tube Combo Guitar Amplifier Features:
  • 36 watts of pure guitar tone through a 1 x 12" Celestion Vintage 30 speaker
  • 3-channels with 3-band EQ, gain, and master volume
  • Variable power output is perfect for recording and onstage use (36 watts/18 watts/5 watts/1 watt/speaker off)
  • MIDI switching lets you switch channels and wattages on the fly
  • Built-in Redbox DI gives you great tone anywhere
  • Tube Safety Control continually monitors your power tubes and optimizes them for the best tone
  • Footswitchable onboard reverb
  • Effects loop for hooking up your favorite pedals and effects
Take total and complete control of your amp with the TubeMeister 36 Combo!

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Tech Specs

Type Tube
Number of Channels 3
Total Power 36W
Speaker Size 1 x 12"
Reverb Yes
EQ 3-band
Preamp Tubes 3 x 12AX7
Power Tubes 4 x EL84
Inputs 1 x TS
Outputs 1 x TS
Footswitch I/O Yes
Effects Loop Yes
Height 18.7"
Width 21.85"
Depth 10.59"
Weight 42.55 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number TM36

Customer Reviews

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Flawless Combo

First off: Let me say that I have been a musician for 20 years, and a Guitarist for 16 of them. I have never received such amazing service at every step. Derek, at Sweetwater, has been extremely helpful in making sure my order was hassle-free. On to this beast of an amp: LOUD. This is my first impression. You might scoff at a 36w 1x12 combo of you play death metal and black metal, but think again, because this thing can rattle your windows on 5w mode. That's another great feature on this amp, the power soak function, which allows you push the power section harder, without killing your neighborhood. I've only had it a day, but it already has me hooked on the Hughes and Kettner line. If you are like me, and love the sound of Diezel, ENGL, and Bogner, but don't quite have the 4k to drop, give this amp a shot. Hearing is Believing.
Music background: Pianist, Guitarist, Bassist

Great Amp

This amp is easily the best one I have ever played in terms of clarity and punch for its size. And, for an older guy with bad eyes, I can SEE THE KNOBS ... don't have to go from memory anymore.

Tubemeister 36

Jeff I want to thank you so much for sending the Hughes and letter tubemeister 36 and thank you Josh for recommending it. This amplifier is superb. The clean channel is beyond my wildest dreams. That's what I use the most. Crunch and lead channels are also excellent . I just wish my abilities were up to the quality of this amplifier. I'll keep trying. Not as important, but very nice is the amp is cool looking . Listen, if you want a top tier amp,buy this one. You can play it anywhere. The power is adjustable. What more could you ask for. The amp also keeps track of the tubes health automatically. No need to bias when you change tubes. This is one terrific amp. And what can I say about Sweetwater. ALWAYS terrific service. The sales experts are top notch . I have purchased at least 10 different items from Sweetwater and they always give superb service and prices. No need to go anywhere else. I am a customer for life. Thank you Sweetwater. John Steffy


I'm a rock guitarist at heart and repertoire that also plays at church. My gigging amp is a Mesa Boogie Mark V (my baby), and although this doesn't match the Mesa in overall tone and flexibility, it comes REALLY DARN CLOSE, and less than half the price! My church purchased this amp 3 weeks ago for use in our southern gospel and contemporary worship services. It's versatile enough for country chicken pickin', and tough enough for modern and classic rock. The variable wattage is easy to use and assign to channels, and the midi programability is ultra simple (BUY THE MIDI FOOTSWITCH). On every wattage setting, the tones are full and thick, the higher gain channels have a true tube overdrive sound built off of the clean channel like its supposed to be, not a processed or over compressed sound at all. I've been playing live rock gigs for 25 years, and I would gig with this amp in a heartbeat. If I didn't have a Mesa (my baby) that is... Highly recommend. Side Note: We first ordered a BlackStar Stage 60 2x12, and we replaced it with this in 2 weeks. This amp blows the BlackStar line out of the water in tone, versatility, and response. This is a real amp for real players.

hughes & kettner tubemeister 36

First of all I cant say enough about sweetwater and their sales and service,.they are a great company to deal with.The amp arrived in perfect shape, took it out of the box , plugged in and was blown awayThe power soak is great, 1watt is great for the bedroom,36 watts will shake the whole house. I cant believe the sounds I can get with my wechter and the triple shot pickups.Gibson traditional and sg sounds great also.
Music background: hobbyist
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